Peter and the Starcatcher Coming to RUHS

The fastest way to learn about the upcoming production of “Peter and the Starcatcher” at Randolph Union High School's Murray Auditorium is to talk to "Peter" himself. Sophomore Jack Kidder plays the iconic role of Peter Pan, and he’s clearly having fun.

“This character is a lot of work, a lot more work than past roles. I look for emotional cues in the dialogue – to see things through their perspective. That helps me make choices based on their personality. Although I’d read the book, the script seemed totally fresh. Each character seemed to increase in personality and depth tenfold.”

“I’ve taken the comedic route in previous performances, Robertson Ay in Mary Poppins and Mr. Bratt in How To Succeed. Comedy is a big part of my personality – to try to be funny. I think it also works with the character of Peter. This show is really, in a sense, of childhood from a 13 year old boy’s view. Anybody who knows Peter Pan will feel right at home watching our production.”

Kidder has two sidekicks in this production, one of which is portrayed by Freshman Oliver Plavin. “Prentis is a really fun character. He has some really funny lines so I get some great laughs. I am one of three orphans on a ship – the same ship on which Molly, the daughter of a British Lord, is traveling. Molly has special powers – she is a “Starcatcher.”

Peter’s other buddy is played by Phillip Papp. Talking about the production the R.U.H.S. Sophmore said “This play changes dramatically from night to night. It doesn’t have a big reliance on scenery, props, or costumes. Peter and the Starcatcher is about imagination. The audience gets to laugh, feel the characters pain, and enjoy the absurdity of everything.”

Traveling on the same ship as the boys is Freshman Natalie Strand, the aforementioned “Starcatcher.” “My character, Molly Aster, is a 13 year old girl. Her father takes her on a mission. Molly’s curiosity brings her to meet a group of orphans. She discovers new friends, her first friends, and has a great adventure. Shipwrecks, tropical islands, heroes, and villains are pretty exciting!”

The villain is Kira Delhagen, a senior. Talking about the show she said “the dialogue is brilliant – packed full of references, jokes, and alliteration. There are tiny moments of profound insight – which is an absolute joy to experience.”

Last on the RUHS stage in “To Master the Art” as Julia Child’s longtime collabororator, Delhagen reflected on making the transition to the villainous Blackstache. “Well, you have to get a really gravely voice, lower your voice about five octaves, and bring out the crazy. Throw out the proper Frenchwoman, discard all of her intelligence, and you get a bloodthirsty pirate!”

“Peter and the Starcatcher” will have three performances at RUHS. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 16th and 17th – and there will be a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday, March 18th. All tickets are unreserved and available at the door. Admission is $10 for

adults and $6 for students. The box office opens 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance – and the show runs about two hours including intermission.

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